TALLAHASSEE, Florida (May 1, 2023) – Today, the Florida Lottery (Lottery) announces that it has surpassed a remarkable $44 billion in contributions to education since its inception in 1988. This significant milestone highlights the Lottery’s continued commitment to enhancing Florida’s public education system and improving the lives of students and educators throughout the state.
“We are proud of the impact our contributions make on schools, teachers, and students, and for the invaluable resources these funds provide to enable our state to improve education,” said Florida Lottery Secretary, John F. Davis. “As we look forward to the future, we remain committed to providing the best possible experience for our players while also making a positive impact on our communities.”
Since the Lottery’s inception, Florida’s public schools have received more than $23 billion, while colleges and universities have received a combined total of more than $11 billion. Additionally, more than $8 billion has been used to fund the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which has enabled over 950,000 students to attend college since 1997.
Each time a player purchases a Lottery ticket they are helping students and schools across our state excel. From the first day of kindergarten to college graduation, and every day in between, Lottery dollars are enhancing education in Florida and helping students have brighter futures.
The benefits of these Lottery dollars flow from community to community – from the Panhandle to the Keys. Since 1988, the Lottery has established itself as a committed and dependable funding source for public education, contributing more than $1 billion annually for the past 21 consecutive years while remaining one of the most efficiently operated Lotteries in the country.
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The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $44 billion to education and sending more than 950,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Lottery retailers, and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $85.8 billion in prizes and made nearly 3,500 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.